Bowen Center Receives $ 3.9 Million Grant to Increase Mental Health and Addiction Treatment

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WARSAW, Indiana (WANE) – The Bowen Center has received a $ 3.9 million grant to help increase mental health care, case management and addiction recovery treatment.

With this grant, the center said it would be able to increase its HIPAA-compliant telehealth capabilities, recruit mental health professionals, provide additional training and support to staff, and help expand the reach of health services. This may include a mobile clinic initiative that will reach out to rural and vulnerable groups, including the Amish, Burmese and elderly populations and people living in economically disadvantaged communities. It will also help expand mental health resources for Bowen Center staff.

“Ensuring that emotional health care is accessible to all is now more urgent than ever and this grant will allow us to focus on some of the most vulnerable among us,” said Shannon Hannon, vice president of integration of health care at the Bowen Center.

The center was one of 231 community mental health centers in the United States to receive grants as part of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) pledge to invest $ 825 million in community mental health centers (CMHC).

This grant program will allow CMHCs like the Bowen Center to respond more effectively to the needs of people with severe emotional disorders (SED) or severe mental illness (SMI), as well as people with SED or SMI and substance use disorders called a concurrent disorder (COD).

“We know that vulnerable populations and minorities are overrepresented in mental illness statistics,” said Dr. Robert Ryan, senior vice president of operations for the Bowen Center. “Research suggests this is due to poverty, lack of resources and mistrust of institutions. We wanted to find dollars that would allow us to bridge these disparities with dignity. The position of the Bowen Center has been to connect with these communities and share our resources and knowledge to help communities solve their own problems. These vibrant and vibrant communities don’t need help, they just need the resources to help themselves. This grant will make that happen.

According to data from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, from August 2020 to February 2021, the percentage of adults with recent symptoms of an anxiety or depressive disorder increased from 36.4% to 41.5 %. During the same period, the percentage of people reporting an unmet need for mental health care increased from 9.2% to 11.7%.

The center said that by providing better access to emotional care for patients and broader support for staff, it will help cope with the extraordinary effects the pandemic will have for years to come medically, emotionally, socially. and economical.

“It is clear that COVID has taken its toll on all of us,” said Dr Ryan. “Improving access to emotional care and addiction treatment for as many Hoosiers as possible, especially those with limited access, will improve outcomes and help people live their best lives. We could not be more ready and able to respond to the need.

For more information about the center, visit BowenCenter.org.

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